Andrew Stark, MD Flight Centre Travel Group (FCTG) Middle East and Africa talks Travel Expo. Picture: Supplied.

The Travel Expo enjoyed its 8th successful run in Johannesburg.

Andrew Stark, MD Flight Centre Travel Group (FCTG) Middle East and Africa, said: “There is no other show like it. This is the largest travel show in the country, it was inspired 9 years ago and focuses on getting more South Africans to travel. We saw Travel Expo as an opportunity to host all our suppliers from airlines, hotels, cruising, car rental companies, touring, to tourism boards under one roof, with each of them showcasing their product and deals on offer.”

With the consumer securing great deals, it also stimulates the travel bug. And Flight Centre Travel Group provides the platform to promote both domestic and outbound travel.

There were over 150 exhibitors at this weekend’s Travel Expo.

Reflecting on Saturday’s start, Stark added: “In the first couple of hours of the show we are extremely excited, we saw record numbers through the doors, with lots of South African families in attendance..”

He continued: “The rand has been the strongest to the dollar in the past 4 years, so people are eager to take advantage of this situation. And we  have 120 handpicked travel consultants to help consumers book their dream holiday.”

Overall, the Travel Expo 2018 also boosts SA tourism.

He noted: “The bigger that Travel Expo gets, the more it encourages South Africans to travel, stimulates ideas among consumers on their travel options out there and connects travellers with travel product and destinations. Last year, we saw 22,000 consumers attend the show. It’s a platform that showcases all well-known South African suppliers and allows direct interactions with them.”